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  1. Celtics confirm Rajon Rondo has torn ACL, out for the season

    Jan 27, 2013, 2:18 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    An MRI on Sunday confirmed the Celtics’ fears. Rajon Rondo has a torn right ACL and is officially done for the rest of the season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. Rondo was a late scratch for Sunday’s nationally televised home game against the Miami Heat. While the return of Ray Allen was…

  2. After Shannon Brown’s flagrant on Ginobili, Stephen Jackson says he would have knocked out anyone else

    Jan 27, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Stephen Jackson

    Late in the third quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Suns on Saturday, Shannon Brown was called for a flagrant-two foul when he caught no ball and all Manu Ginobili on an attempt to block his opponent’s shot from behind. The play looked (and sounded) worse than it actually was, but considering the loud…

  3. Nike Basketball unveils All-Star edition shoes for LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant (PHOTOS)

    Jan 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    13-100_Nike_Allstar_Bball_Planet_Group-01_16864

    Nike Basketball unveiled the All-Star editions of the signature shoes for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant earlier this week, and the style and color choices will undoubtedly be coveted by sneaker collectors worldwide. While they’re not quite as amazing as last year’s Galaxy collection, there’s still plenty to like about the 2013 versions…

  4. Steve Blake says he’ll be back for the Lakers this Tuesday

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The lack of depth at the point guard position is pretty far down the list as far as reasons the Lakers have had trouble stringing together a series of wins this season. Nevertheless, any help would be more than welcome at this point, and it appears that some will be on the way early next…

  5. Jrue Holiday scores a career-high 35 as Sixers rout Knicks

    Jan 27, 2013, 12:04 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers guard Holiday shoots past the defense of the New York Knicks Chandler during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Jrue Holiday was one of five Eastern Conference players named as an All-Star reserve on Thursday who will be making their first career appearance in the NBA’s midseason exhibition. Someone should have told him he already earned the honor. Holiday exploded for a career-high 35 points, to go along with five rebounds and six assists…

  6. Gerald Henderson hits the game-winning three as Bobcats beat Timberwolves (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    Henderson_Gerald

    This was a pretty insane sequence, and an appropriate one to result in the Bobcats snapping their 16-game home losing streak, which was just two shy of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks. The Bobcats almost turned it over on this series more than once, but ultimately Kemba Walker chased down the…

  7. Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner to send Cavs past Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2013, 10:12 PM EST

    Omri Casspi; Kyrie Irving

    Let’s just get this out of the way right now — that was absolutely horrible defense by the Raptors. Kyrie Irving hit the game-winning shot from three-point distance with just 0.7 seconds remaining to give his Cavaliers the 99-98 victory in Toronto. The win was Cleveland’s third straight and fourth in its last five games.…

  8. Rockets reinstate previously suspended rookie Royce White

    Jan 26, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Royce White

    The Rockets have reinstated rookie Royce White, the team and player announced together via a joint release. White was suspended by the Rockets back on Jan. 6 for “refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract,” with a refusal to report for a D-League assignment right at the top of the list. It…

  9. Chris Bosh says he’s a lock to make the Hall of Fame

    Jan 26, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    chris bosh all-star hall of fame

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was selected to the All-Star team as a reserve by the coaches, marking the eighth time he’s received the honor in his 10 NBA seasons. That, along with the championship ring he earned a season ago might mean he’s already assured himself a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame.…

  10. Marv Albert says it seems like Celtics are pumping in artificial crowd noise

    Jan 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    marv albert tnt

    Marv Albert called the nationally televised broadcast between the Knicks and the Celtics in Boston on Thursday, and believes there may have been some funny business going on in terms of the sound he heard from inside the arena while the game was in progress. Albert essentially said during the telecast that he believes the…

  11. Mark Cuban wants All-Star game in Dallas again, but not at Cowboys Stadium

    Jan 26, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    2010 nba all star dallas

    The 2010 NBA All-Star game was hosted by the Dallas Mavericks, but was held in Arlington, Texas in the massive football stadium that was built as the new home for the Dallas Cowboys. A record crowd of 108,713 showed up to watch the midseason exhibition, and it was truly an amazing event — one that…

  12. Stan Van Gundy puts chances at ’50-50 or worse’ that the Lakers can retain Dwight Howard after this season

    Jan 26, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    The Lakers momentarily stopped the bleeding on Friday, playing smart and together in an easy 102-84 home victory over a decent Utah Jazz squad. The team will need a lot more performances like that one just to sneak into the playoffs this season, and the way the rest of the year plays out will have…

  13. Reggie Evans not happy Grizzlies put starters back in during blowout win over Nets

    Jan 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Reggie Evans, Zach Randolph

    The Grizzlies took care of the Nets on Friday, and did so swiftly and easily. The game was over by halftime, when Memphis had built a 67-44 lead over a Brooklyn team that simply didn’t have it in them to compete on this night. Just because the Nets had packed it in late in the…

  14. Bulls VP Paxson says team’s only deadline move will be to get Derrick Rose back

    Jan 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Bulls have done an excellent job remaining more than relevant with Derrick Rose sidelined for the entire season to this point, as he works his way back from a knee injury. Chicago is just a half-game behind the Nets for third in the East, a game and a half behind a Knicks team the…

  15. Celtics blow a 27-point lead, lose in double-overtime to Hawks

    Jan 26, 2013, 12:44 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    The Celtics suffered one of their most painful losses of the season on Friday, and it’s tough to see where the team goes from here. Boston led by 27 points in the first half in Atlanta, only to give all of it back and then some before ultimately losing 123-111 to the Hawks in double-overtime.…

  16. Heat fan hits half-court shot to win $75K, gets tackled by LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2013, 10:58 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Plenty of teams in the NBA offer an opportunity each home game for a fan to hit a shot from half-court to win a ridiculous prize. Some teams, like the Lakers, offer a progressive jackpot of sorts, with the prize increasing throughout the season with each game that goes by without someone draining the improbable…

  17. Kevin McHale has some fun with New Orleans’ new Pelicans nickname (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:46 PM EST

    Assistant coach Kevin McHale of the Rook

    The reactions to the news that the New Orleans NBA franchise — the basketball artist currently but soon to be formerly known as the Hornets — will be changing its name to the Pelicans effective next season has been all over the map in terms of love-it or hate-it responses. Go ahead and count Rockets…

  18. Ricky Rubio apologizes to acting coach Terry Porter for complaining about fourth quarter benching

    Jan 25, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio, Deron Williams

    Ricky Rubio was benched during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Nets, in favor of J.J. Barea, who was making things happen for the Timberwolves in a somewhat close game down the stretch. Rubio is still on a minutes limit as he makes his way back from knee surgery, and had already…

  19. PBT Podcast: Celtics, Clippers, Suns, Lakers, All-Star reserves, and a chat with Chauncey Billups

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EST

    Chauncey Billups

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Thursday night TNT matchups, where the Knicks took care of the Celtics, and the Suns surprised a Clippers team playing without Chris Paul. We wonder what the issues are with Boston’s offense, and whether or not they have the assets…

  20. Suns move to 2-0 under new head coach with win over Clippers

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:50 AM EST

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic

    PHOENIX — The Suns said the team needed a “jolt” when it parted ways with Alvin Gentry last week, and replaced him with Lindsey Hunter as the interim head coach for (at least) the rest of this season. Hunter said from day one his first priority would be defense, and he’s been a man of…

  21. C.J. Watson receives warning for flopping while defending J.J. Barea (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:42 PM EST

    C.J. Watson

    C.J. Watson received a warning under the NBA’s anti-flopping policy for a play that occurred Wednesday night in the Nets’ win over the Timberwolves, the league announced on Thursday. While the flop itself was egregious and certainly deserving of punishment, the fact that it came against J.J. Barea — along with Watson’s comments about it…

  22. 2013 NBA All-Star reserves announced

    Jan 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EST

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L)  battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder

    The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, and while there will always be a few players who fans will argue should have made it, it’s tough to disagree with the ones the coaches selected. In the Western Conference, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were the guards selected, and big men Tim Duncan,…

  23. Lakers continue to regress in latest loss to Bulls

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol listens to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    The latest drama surrounding your 2012-13 Lakers unfolded before the game in Chicago even began on Monday. But it was merely a distraction, and a meaningless one at that in the grand scheme of what is becoming more evident with each passing game that is lost. The Lakers are getting worse, not better. And all…

  24. Pau Gasol says a trade seems more likely this season after being sent back to the bench

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:11 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Before the Lakers took the floor in Chicago against the Bulls on Monday, Mike D’Antoni announced that Pau Gasol would be removed from the starting lineup in favor of going small, with Earl Clark getting the minutes at the starting power forward spot. This decision, D’Antoni told reporters, was not just for one game, but…

  25. J.J. Barea fined $5K for second anti-flopping violation

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    J.J. Barea has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season, the league announced on Monday. The infraction that warranted the fine occurred in the Timberwolves loss to the Mavericks on Jan. 14, though the league did not immediately make video available of the specific play that resulted…

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